by Jerry Branch

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Seven Deadly Sins Revisited (10 of 13)
Wisdom/Proverbs Series
Gerald D. Branch
Proverbs 6:1-35
August 9, 2009

We all have heard of the ‘seven deadly sins',
those were part of the teachings of the Medieval (5th-15thCent) church:

Can anyone name them?

Slothfulness (or lazy and disliking work or any form of exertion) ;
and Avarice (or greed for wealth...the unreasonably strong desire to get and keep money).

Well, here in Proverbs 6, Solomon gives us a similar list,
which we're going to look at this morning.

I want to come at it from a little bit different angle...
so you'll want to keep your Bibles open to chapter 6,
and maybe even mark some key words or take a note or two.
I I think you'll see that Solomon's "7 sin areas" that he gives in verses 16 - 35
are actually expansions that come out of verses 1-26.

Let's start by highlight the various verses, starting by looking first at verses 1-5.

Here Solomon seems to be saying that a person should not go and cosign on
a note for a friend or for anyone else for that matter,
and that if you made that mistake,
then you should get to work to get out of that arrangement
as quickly as possible.

But there's something else...from the pattern of the original Hebrew language,
it also seems that there is another valid implication...
that one being that you or I as Christians should not get into legal entanglements or indebtedness that put us at risk of losing it all.

Why is that?

Well, the reason is, our first responsibility is to our family's well being.

So IF we go and put our families in jeopardy because of
‘risking it all' by cosigning for another,
or even by making financial decisions
that are our own personal entanglements,
then by taking on such an obligation causes us
to fail in our own responsibility to our family.

Consider why this is important in today's economic ...

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